Element Assignment Character, Prop & Line Requirements
At the Kickoff Event we will announce a character, a prop and a line of dialogue just a few minutes before the Official Filmmaking Period begins.
These elements must be included in your film.
The elements will vary from city to city, but in each location ALL teams will have the same required elements. It's up to each team to decide how to integrate them into their own film. Teams compete for most creative use of these elements.
Examples of Previous Characters
Ben or Beatrice Clooney, Twin New Orleans, Louisiana 2008
Gil or Gigi Walters, Retired Military Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2010
Robert or Sylvie Dupont, Frenchman or Frenchwoman Providence, Rhode Island 2006
Marlee or Mark Donnelly, Graphic Designer Denver, Colorado 2011
Examples of Previous Props
an egg carton Indianapolis, Indiana 2007
a puppet Asheville, North Carolina 2006
a portable music player Minneapolis, Minnesota 2007
a spatula Orlando, Florida 2014
Examples of Previous Lines
Nobody mentioned it at all. Buffalo, New York 2009
What have you done for me lately? Cincinnati, Ohio 2012
How much money are we talking about? Chicago, Illinois 2009
Do you think you can do that again? Washington, District of Columbia 2010
The required line of dialogue must be heard or seen - it may be written. It may be in a foreign language; however if it is not clear that this is the required line, it should be translated.
The required character does not have to be the star, but we must actually see him/her on the screen. Name tags, etc. are not necessary so long as the audience can infer who he/she is.
The required prop must be seen, and it should be used in your film in some way.
Adherence to Assignment
Did you know judges base part of their scores on a film’s adherence to assignment? This refers to the genre and required elements.
Elements in Credits Do Not Count
The required elements must appear in the story of your film. Use of the elements only in the end credits will NOT fulfill the requirement.